The Caltrain Go Pass is an employer-sponsored annual pass that offers unlimited rides on Caltrain through all zones, seven days a week for one low annual cost. The Go Pass -- a small sticker affixed to an employee photo ID badge -- is purchased by companies and other employers for all of their regular, full-time employees. There is also an option to include part-time staff, interns or both.
Employees traveling on Caltrain simply present the badge with the Go Pass sticker when asked for proof of payment. The Go Pass is not available for purchase by individuals and does not cover parking at Caltrain stations or travel on other transit systems. The Go Pass is valid for a calendar year and expires on Dec. 31 each year.
The Go Pass program is open to companies of any size. Participating companies pay an annual fee to provide the Go Pass to every regular, full-time employee working more than 20 hours per week, excluding contractors, temporary employees, interns and consultants, regardless of how many will use the transit pass. Companies may include interns, staff working less than 20 hours per week or both.
The total cost of participating in the Go Pass program is the greater of $165 per eligible employee or $13,750. To determine the cost, take the number of eligible employees and multiply by $165. If the total is less than $13,750, the participation cost is $13,750. If the total exceeds $13,750, the cost is $165 per eligible employee. The cost is pro-rated if the company joins the program for less than a full year.
To participate in the Go Pass program, employers sign a written agreement with Caltrain, have an acceptable photo identification badge where the company can affix the Go Pass sticker and track the employee distribution of Go Passes. Employees receiving a Go Pass sticker are required to fill out an online survey.
If your company is interested in offering this great benefit to employees, Caltrain’s Market Development staff will work with the designated company personnel to answer questions and start the process. Individuals who would like their company to offer the Go Pass should contact the appropriate company staff and refer them to Caltrain for more information at 650.508.6292.
For more information, read the Go Pass FAQs.
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